Vegan day 2
So I have always been into food. One of dreams/goals is to write a cookbook. I used to be a vegetarian and that is always my natural inclination. Even when I make meat meals for my family I still find myself hovering over the corn salad licking the bowl clean and avoiding the beef stew. So vegan is not such a crazy idea for me although I always thought avoiding dairy would be impossible. I still think that if I were to ever be a total vegetarian I would still eat dairy.
But for Lent I like to do something strict, something disciplined and vegan is exactly that, quite strict and quite disciplined, at least for my family.
So I knew I would need to find some ingredients that would make this Lenten season easier.
So far I have found three that we won’t be with out. Raw chickpea miso, almond milk in every flavor although we have been loving the chocolate for drinking and the vanilla for pouring over granola and then coconut coffee creamer in the vanilla flavor.
The coconut creamer doesn’t even taste coconut-y, which wouldn’t have been awful, but might have gotten old after awhile and I am always looking for ways to get more coconut into our diet so I’m considering my evening cup of decaf to now be healthfood and I will most definately stick with the coconut creamer indefinately.
The almond milk is the only boxed milk-alternative that we have bought/tasted that doesn’t have any wierd taste at all. It’s just perfectly pleasant and delicious. And for those, who like my husband, add sugar to cereal, the vanilla flavor is sweetened just enough that he doesn’t want to.
And last, the miso. Ahhhh, the chickpea miso. How wonderful that there is a soy-alternative miso for people who are either allergic or just avoid soy for various reasons. I have used the miso to make blender soups taste and feel creamy and decadent without using a drop of cream. My fave mix is raw zucchini, cooked potato and then mushroom broth and the miso with some tahini for good measure.
I will keep updating about the trip down vegan lane, for sure!